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‘The Best’ Continues to Improve By William C. Arons


Nova Scotia, adjacent to Prince Edward Island, borders on the Atlantic Ocean. Its


Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) is a gateway to Canada and the U.S. for many travelers from Europe. The province has a pop- ulation of just under 1 million, with 50% of its populace living close to the airport. HSIA, which processed more than 3.5 mil-


lion passengers in 2008, has been recognized as the world’s best airport in its class for provid- ing “overall passenger satisfaction” for the past six years, through an Airports Council Interna- tional survey. Any landside expansion project would, of


course, be expected to complement this won- derful track record in the future. Early in 2007, the Halifax International Air-


port Authority (HIAA) retained Toronto-based NORR Ltd. Architects and Engineers and the Boston office ofWalker Parking Consultants to plan and design a major roadway/parking facility/site-work improvement project, valued at about $82 million.


The “weave” pattern sets off the new parking structure.


Project Requirements The following project requirements were established during


the Program Phase: • An improved roadway system, with patron wayfinding features.


• Afull-service hotel, with 175 rooms, connected to the ter- minal.


HIAA staff members and local volunteers served as “Parking Ambassadors” to assist travelers with instructions and directions during the first few months of operation.


• Amultilevel parking facility, for public parkers and rental car operations, connected to the terminal with a tunnel and an overhead pedway.


• Aparking revenue control system with modern payment options.


Public Parking & Rental Car Demand Study The initial task forWalker Parking was to prepare a demand


study for the public parking and “ready/return” rental car oper- ations. The basis for the study involved a review of parking sys- tem usage and occupancy data, rental car usage data, and pas-


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senger growth projections for the coming decade as provided by the airport authority. The study concluded that the on-airport parking demand


ratio (PDR) for the Halifax airport was about 4 stalls per 1,000 annual originating enplanements, local area only, and that 400 rental car stalls were required. Table 1 presents the 2007 data and projected future conditions.


Table 1 – Public Parking/Rental Car Stalls 2007


Originating Enplanements* Hourly Parking Stalls


Daily Parking Stalls Remote Parking Stalls 788,711 2017 1,000,000 (est.) 178 - Surface 400 - Parkade


1,666 - Surface 1500 - Parkade 860 - Surface


1,525


TOTAL ON-AIRPORT STALLS 3,369 Rental Car Stalls


2,800 5,260


200 - Surface 400 - Parkade *These enplanements originate in the local area only.


Separation Features Improve PatronWayfinding Airport patron wayfinding, with basic roadway graphics, is


always enhanced with separation of vehicles having differing destinations: • All parking traffic and rental car traffic is directed to exit the main roadway prior to the terminal frontage roadway so as to minimize potential conflicts in front of the terminal.


• The rental car circulation pattern is isolated from the pub- lic parker vehicle flow, even though the first floor of the Parkade is dedicated to rental car operations.


• The path to “Hourly parking” is separated from the path to “Daily parking” via a unique square helix for upbound


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